LAFAYETTE — DNA on a discarded glove near the scene of an attempted bank robbery led investigators to the man accused of calling in a bomb threat at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to distract police while he attempted to rob the bank.
The FBI on Tuesday announced the arrest of Devin Haywood, 30, of Lafayette, in last week’s bomb threat at the UL-Lafayette and an attempted bank robbery at MidSouth Bank.
Haywood was on parole after serving about eight years of a 10-year sentence for a 2005 armed robbery in Jefferson Parish.
DNA taken from him in that charge matched DNA pulled from a glove that, along with zip ties, was found in a discarded gym bag near MidSouth Bank last week, according to the federal criminal complaint.
Investigators said security video shows the robbery suspect discarding the gym bag while running from the bank after the unsuccessful robbery.
Haywood was linked to the bomb threat at UL-Lafayette through cell phone records.
Haywood is accused of making a call to TV station KATC around 5:30 a.m. July 16 to report a bomb in Girard Park.
Agents obtained the cell phone number from that call, determined the phone associated with that number had been purchased from the Walmart on Evangeline Thruway about noon on July 15 and then obtained security video of the person who bought the phone and compared it with an image of Haywood after linking his DNA to the discarded glove, according to the criminal complaint.
“Based on initial inspection, that image of Haywood apparently matched the person in the Walmart video,” the complaint states.
Haywood’s arrest comes a little more than a year after his May 2013 release on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery and illegal possession of stolen things in a June 2005 incident in Jefferson Parish, according to records from the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections and the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court.
He was released early under the state’s “good time” law for good behavior and was to be under parole supervision through June 2015, according to DPSC.
No bomb was found on the UL-Lafayette campus, but the threat and the discovery of a suspicious device at Girard Park prompted the evacuation of the adjacent University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus — the first, full-scale evacuation of the university, said UL-Lafayette Police Chief Joey Sturm.
After making the call, Haywood began making his plans for an “early bird robbery” of MidSouth Bank, said Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft, adding that criminals sometimes approach managers and employees as they’re going into work before the building opens. Surveillance video released by Lafayette Police last week from the bank shows someone in a hooded sweatshirt chase after a vehicle as it drove out of the parking lot.